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7 Ways of How To Hang Wreaths On Windows

by - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

When you think of a house decorated for Christmas, what image comes to mind? For me, it's one with twinkling white lights, the house covered in a dusting of snow, with wreaths hanging in every window. It begs the question - how do you hang Christmas wreaths on exterior windows? Hanging Christmas wreaths is not an easy task and definitely one you want to get right the first time and do once.

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Our Colonial-style house is begging to be decorated in just this way, but when we tried to get the wreaths hung in the windows this past weekend, we were unsure how to do it. How to hang Christmas wreaths on exterior windows is not something I knew how to do instinctively. What kind of hook or adhesive to you use? Do Command strips work on glass windows? How do you hang wreaths without damaging your window or frame? 

The Easiest Way to Hang Outdoor Christmas Wreaths

I hopped on my Instagram stories and asked how to hang wreaths on windows and there were lots of helpful ideas which I wanted to share here in in case you are having the same dilemma. After some trial and error, we found the"best" way to hang outdoor Christmas wreaths is subjective. It will depend on the type of window you have and the method you use to secure the wreath.

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Before you select a method, consider these questions:

What size wreath do I need for my windows? 

  • Opt for a wreath with a diameter that is 1/2 to 2/3 the width of your window. Also consider the weight of the wreath. Anything that is too heavy or has too many decorations on it will require more support to stay on your window.

How do vinyl windows differ from wood windows?

Unlike wood windows where you can poke or nail things right into the window frame, you'll want to use a damage-free method with vinyl windows. You don't want to ruin the integrity of your windows.

Do I need to remove the screens?

Removing the screens will make the task of hanging wreaths much easier. It will also make the wreaths more visible and attractive, without screens behind them. However, if you cannot remove your screens, and you can tilt your window and screen inward, consider Method 1 below. The wreath can sit on top of the screen and window.

Ultimately, the method you use depends on the type of windows you have so read through for 7 different methods of hanging wreaths - and find out which one I recommend as the best way of how to hang Christmas wreaths on outside windows. (Edited: Updates on how these hooks held up through winter 2017 and 2018 are below!)

7 Ways To Hang Wreaths On Windows:

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Method 1: Top Down or Double Hung Window - Ribbon Loop and Knot

Use this method if yours is a double hung window which opens from the top down:
  • Take a 4'-5' length of waterproof ribbon (at least 2.5" wide looks great). 
  • Put one end of the ribbon through the wreath, bring the ends together, and tie a knot near the end. 
  • Lower the top window sash and, still holding to the knot end, lower the wreath on the outside. 
  • Raise the window sash. The knot will prevent the wreath from falling to the ground. You might need to play with the placement of the knot in order to get the wreath to land at the desired height on the window.
Example from Smart Girls DIY

Method 2: Bottom Up or Single Hung Window - Floral Wire Loop and Knot

This method is essentially the same as Method 1 but instead of ribbon, you use floral wire. If your window opens from the bottom up, you will need an extra pair of hands to help with this method:
  • Take a 4' length of floral wire
  • Put one end of the floral wire through the wreath and bring the ends of the wire together
  • From inside, have someone lift open the bottom window a few inches. From outside the window, slide the two floral wire ends through the small crevice behind the top window. Have the person inside grab the floral wire ends.
  • While still holding the wire ends in one hand, push down and close the window with the other hand
  • Secure the wire ends inside somehow. One method is to put a pushpin on the top of the bottom window and wrap the wires around the pin

Method 3: Suction Cup With Hook

Affix a large suction cup hook to the window. Vacuum suction cup hooks or suction cup hooks specifically designed to hold wreaths will work the best. Make sure the hook you use is rated to use for the weight of your wreath. You can also use this method to hang wreaths indoors. For instance, use a suction cup hook to hang a wreath on a mirror like we did over our fireplace.

Method 4: Magnetic Wreath Hangers

You can use this method for hanging a wreath on a single pane window or hanging a wreath on a metal door. If you don't want to put a nail into your door, or use a 3M hook, consider using a Magnetic wreath hangers. For use on a window, you will need a two-pack of magnetic wreath hangers; put a hanger on each side of the glass and hang your wreath on the outside.

Method 5: Fishing Line 

If you have shutters on either side of the window, one possible solution is to tie clear fishing line onto one shutter, take the open end of the wire and loop it through the frame of the wreath, and secure that end to the shutter on the other side. Ensure that the fishing line is nice and taught and will bear the weight of the wreath. The clear fishing line won't be visible behind your wreath

Method 6: Adjustable Tension Rod

Another idea is to use an adjustable tension rod that is the same colour as your window trim, and whose length is slightly longer than the width your window. Place the rod in front of the window, across the middle where the upper window sash meets the bottom sash. As the rod is the same colour as your window trim, it will be less noticeable. Adjust the rod so that it sits securely against the side jambs, or against the window brick. Secure the wreath to the rod with wire or zip ties. Here's an example of a wreath hanging off of a ribbon wrapped around a tension rod.

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RECOMMENDED METHOD: 3M Outdoor Large Wreath Hook

This is the method we ended up using and so far, the wreaths are staying up! We had tried these 3M Command Large Wreath Hooks last year but the kept falling down. I received a helpful tip to clean the window with rubbing alcohol before applying the hook and that seemed to do the trick. We simply followed the instructions and we've had a few days of below freezing temperatures and the hooks are still holding.

Note: be sure to use the 3M Command hooks that:

  • are marked for OUTDOOR use. There are similar looking ones that are for use only indoors 
  • are CLEAR so that you can keep them up on your windows all year round if you want to
  • are the right size for the weight of your wreath. Use the LARGE size for wreaths up to 4 lb and the MEDIUM size for wreaths up to 2 lb
2018 UPDATE: The clear large 3M Command Wreath Hooks we used in 2017 (noted in #7 below) when this blog post was written stayed up ALL winter! I'm pleased to report that the wreaths did not fall down at all. One blew off because of the wind but the hook itself stayed up! NOTE: Do clean the window with rubbing alcohol before affixing the hook.

2019 UPDATE: The 3M Command Wreath Hooks stayed up all through the winter of 2017 and 2018. We did not remove the wreaths between seasons. Because they are clear, we don't find them that noticeable so we've just kept them up (and to be honest, we don't want to be up on tall ladders every year re-affixing these hooks, lol!). As well, after removing our wreaths after Christmas, we discovered there was a MUCH easier way to hang wreaths on the second floor windows without having to get up on a ladder... just lift up the bottom sash, and from inside the house, reach to the outside and hang the wreath on the hook. Of course, this will only work if your hook is already on the window.

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We have to finish the rest of our exterior decorating (now how to hang a garland over the door??) and string up Christmas lights but our house is looking Christmas-y already!

Disclosure: This post prepared in partnership with I am a member of the Associates Program and will share product ideas throughout the year. This post contains affiliate links.

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